Start your journey into becoming an interior design professional with advanced technical and practical skills on the finishing and furnishing of interior spaces to meet client needs in order to generate design solutions.

The course covers both residential interior design (involving styling, interior decorating, fabrics and furnishing) and commercial interior design (working in retail, offices, restaurants and hotels).

You will examine styles and trends over the decades and how they have influenced interior design today.

You will develop skills in:

  • interpreting clients brief
  • research and analysis
  • planning and designing space
  • decoration and/interior styling
  • selecting finishes and furnishings
  • colour theory and lighting
  • use of CAD to communicate design solutions
  • supplier specifications and purchasing
  • sustainable work practices

Briefs are set by industry experts to mirror real life experiences of an interior designer where the need for space is designed for a particular purpose and applying problem solving solutions to achieve that end.

Our supportive staff assist you throughout the duration of the course and focus on helping you develop strong communication skills and preparing you to enter this dynamic industry. You will develop a folio reflecting your individual creativity to show potential employers or clients.

National Code MSF50213
Study Areas Art & Design
Study Level Diploma
Study Type Local
Study Mode

FT: 12 months (days)
FT: 18 months (evenings)

Course Type Victorian TAFE Course
Campuses Box Hill Campus​​

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $8,207.00
Full Fee $16,357.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees $1,030.12
Retain Course Items*** No fee applies

* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

February and July

Full time: 12 months (day) or

Full time: 18 months (evening)

Box Hill

You must have:

  • successfully completed Year 12 or
  • be mature age

After successful completion, you can articulate into MSF60113 Advanced Diploma of Interior Design at another Registered Training Organisation or TAFE provider.

Direct Entry must: 

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 5

After successful completion you may apply for roles such as interior designer, interior stylist, colour consultant or real estate staging consultant.  Employment may be found in retail, consulting or building businesses performing a broad range of skilled applications in furnishing, including requirements to evaluate and analyse current conditions, develop new criteria and provide guidance to builders, clients and direct customers.


This course is comprised of 29 units, 10 core units, plus 19 elective units

  • BSBDES601 Manage Design Realisation 50
  • MSFID5003 Evaluate site for interior design brief 40
  • MSFID5001 Design residential interiors 108
  • BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts 30
  • BSBDES304 Source and apply design industry knowledge 20
  • BSBPMG522 Undertake project work 60
  • CUAANM303 Create digital 3D models 75
  • MSFID5010 Provide Interior Styling Service 36
  • BSBDES301 Explore the use of colour 40
  • BSBDES305 Source and apply information on the history and theory of design 65
  • BSBDES302 Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms 50
  • BSBDES303 Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms 50
  • BSBDES502 Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief 65
  • CUAACD301 Produce drawings to communicate ideas 80
  • CUAACD303 Produce technical drawings 50
  • MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 30
  • MSFID4001 Research, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces 80
  • MSFID4002 Decorate residential interiors 80
  • MSFID4011 Determine work, health and safety (WHS) implications of interior effects 10
  • MSFID4005 Research and recommend soft furnishings for interiors 50
  • MSFID4006 Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors 54
  • MSFID4008 Assess interior light and recommend light fittings 36
  • MSFID4004 Research and recommend furniture and accessories 36
  • CUADIG304 Create visual design components 30
  • CUAPHI401 Capture images in response to a brief 150
  • MSFID4010 Research Interior Decoration and Design Influences 36
  • CUAACD302 Produce computer-aided drawings 50
  • MSFID4003 Prepare a materials board for client presentation 20
  • MSFID5013 Design for small to medium scale commercial or institutional interiors 108
Last updated: January 16, 2019 04:07pm